Lost Creek Aquatics Safe Sport Information


Lost Creek Aquatics fully supports and diligently follows the policies established by USA Swimming and the U.S. Center for SafeSport as part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes. Compliance with these policies is a condition of our club's membership and for all members of USA Swimming, including athletes, officials, coaches, and other members such as parents and volunteers.

 

 

USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. The policies stem from requirements imposed by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). The Center is the separate, independent organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Para-Olympic movement. The Center is also responsible for creating requirements in the areas of policy, education and training for every National Governing Body (NGB) in the Movement. USA Swimming, as an NGB, must follow the Center’s requirements.

The Center requires every NGB to implement a Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) by June 23, 2019. This Policy addresses risk areas that present opportunities for abuse to occur.

The Policy covers five areas, which are described in more detail in the linked resources on this page:

  1. One-on-One Interactions
  2. Travel: Local & Team
  3. Social Media & Electronic Communication
  4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas
  5. Massages & Rubdowns

Policies:

 

Documents:

 

How does LCA practice these policies?

  • All electronic correspondence (via texts, emails, and social media) between athletes and applicable adults (coaches, officials, adult athlete members, and other USA Swimming members) will need to include a parent or guardian, or another adult. This means that when your athlete texts, emails, or otherwise contacts an applicable adult, the athlete needs to include the parent or guardian, or another adult. If an athlete texts or emails a coach or applicable adult, but does not include another adult, the coach or applicable adult will include the parent/guardian on the response. 
  • In-person meetings between coach and athlete will always meet the "open and observable" requirement, as they always have in the past. When possible, another adult will be included in all meetings. 
  • Correspondence between applicable adults and athletes is restricted to 8am to 8pm, except during team travel or an emergency. 
  • LCA coaches will not use group text messages to contact athletes or any other members about practice changes or for any other team communication. Although group text communications are timely, we believe that the protection of your athlete's contact data is extremely important, and limiting opportunities for contact is in everyone's best interests. All communication from our team will be done via email notices sent from our team's website and posted on the "Team Feed" on the LCA home page.  
  • Our coaches may not use social media to contact athletes, nor will they accept any friend or follower requests from athletes to their personal social media accounts. Athletes may follow and interact with our team's official social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Athletes ages 18 and older will be required to take the Athlete Protection Test, because they will become "applicable adults" under the new MAAPP policy. Adult athlete members will be bound by the same rules that apply to other adult members, such as coaches.  

 

To report a concern of abuse or bullying: